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A Good Little School by Carole G. Basile

By Carole G. Basile

An excellent Little university will pay homage to Jefferson County Open college, a public institution of selection with a thirty-year historical past of delivering an alternate schooling for college students in K-12. Chronicled during this e-book are the private stories and anecdotes of academics, mom and dad, and scholars in the university, and the way their contributions make it precise. In so doing, those reflections exhibit to others that there's extra to schooling than traditional topic parts reminiscent of math and studying. additionally tested are the ways that the college preserves the center components that help the scholars' top own, social, and highbrow pursuits. those self-reflective bills create a studying atmosphere with humanity on the heart, giving scholars the abilities essential to lead compassionate lives.

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Ask yourself if there are elements of humanity. Constantly remind yourself and your entire community of what your mission, your philosophy, and your goals are and why they are important. Think of them in times of crisis, when you bring new people to the community, and when you feel you need to move away from the day-to-day and reach for the larger picture to remind yourself why you are in the profession of education. 16 A Good Little School A FINAL THOUGHT In a graduation speech, a high school teacher from the Open School said: For the twenty-first century, the best schools will be those which produce the best custodians!

Everyone’s opinions, feelings, and concerns are taken into consideration before a decision is made. Watching students in action, making their own decisions and drawing their own conclusions, provides a sense of fulfillment. And finally, one advisor summed up the experience this way: Welcome to the Open School carnival. I am a plate spinner. In reality, these plates are our students, but they can be just as fragile. When you get them perfectly balanced and moving in the correct fashion, they usually keep going on their own pretty well although it can be difficult at times to deal with the demands of so many students working on individual projects on individual schedules.

Jeremy would be excluded from the classroom if he didn’t mind, first going to a designated “thinking chair” (a comfortable, quiet place in the classroom) to give him additional time to think about his choice. He could return to the group as soon as he was ready. If he failed to mind again, he would be sent home. Also, tantrums at any time are unacceptable, and he would be sent home immediately. All of this was explained to Jeremy. He agreed that he didn’t always like to come when told, but he knew that others do and he should too.

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